North East Victoria
Baby to Toddler
Tastes of our Region
North East Victoria
North East Victoria : October 2008
Education WODONGA has a wide range of educational facilities from preschools to a major university, with some set to undergo major facelifts.There are eight preschools located across the city, catering for children’s early learning needs, which will be changing over the coming years. Wodonga Council was one of fi ve councils to receive a $1 million municipal wide infrastructure grant in June to go towards building an early years’ hub at White Box Rise Estate by 2010. The funds will contribute to the community engagement, planning and design of early years’ hubs across the city and council’s Municipal Infrastructure Plan, with a particular focus on the needs of Wodonga’s new development fronts. The funding will also contribute to the building of a new early years’ hub, in partner- ship with Wodonga South Primary School, at White Box Rise Estate and to redevelop the Belgrade Avenue Preschool by the end of 2009. Silva Drive and Strathmore Street preschools will relocate to the new centre once built at White Box Rise Estate. The White Box Rise Estate centre will provide a child care services, a preschool, and maternal and child health services. Wodonga Council’s early years’ team has been working hard for a number of years on the Early Years’ Services and Facilities plan, which identifi ed the need to redevelop some hubs, and relocate two preschools and one maternal child health clinic to White Box Rise Estate in the future. The Belgrade avenue redevelopment will see the strengthening of the existing preschool, playgroups and maternal and child health with increased space for a range of other services to be located there. Wodonga also has 11 pri- mary schools, including four denominational schools and a special development school for disabled children. Wodonga South Primary School will relocate to White Box Rise Estate, ready for the 2010 school year. The city also has seven excellent secondary schools and colleges, and children can be educated through the public system or enrolled at a school devoted to Catho- lic, Anglican or Lutheran denominations. Wodonga will gain two trade centres to help address the national skills shortage, with Wodonga Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Wodonga sharing in $9.5 mil- lion of Federal Government funding. Wodonga Senior Secondary College will receive $8 million to build a trade training centre at the back of its property that will also serve as an educational hub for outlying schools in the area. Catholic College Wodonga will use its $1.5 million to build a centre focused on labo- ratory skills and aviation training. Construction is set to begin in early 2009 on both centres. Wodonga is home to a regional campus of La Trobe University, where more than 1100 students undertake undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a wide variety of disciplines including environmental management and ecology, psychological sciences, business, sport, tourism and hospitality, educational studies, social sciences, social work and social policy and nursing and midwifery. Wodonga Institute of TAFE provides a broad range of diploma and certificate courses in practical vocations. The Continuing Education Centre supports lifelong learning opportunities in areas such as access learning, general education for adults, English as a second language, later- life learning, personal support, literacy, VCE, and youth pathways. The Flying Fruit Fly School of acrobatics is based in Wodonga and many former stu- dents of the school have gone on to a career in performing arts. The Hume Region Parent Education Service is also available to all residents. Spring/Summer 2008 NORTH EAST VICTORIA — A PLACE TO CALL HOME 31 Pictures clockwise from above left: Osborne Olives stall at the Hume Murray Farmers’ Market at Gateway Village. The revamped Coles supermarket at Birallee shopping centre. Skills & Workforce Participation Minister, Jacinta Allan (at right), offi cially opened The Valleys restaurant at Wodonga TAFE earlier this month. Wodonga residents relax al fresco at one of the cafes in Stanley St. Students of La Trobe University and Wodonga Institute of TAFE share the David Mann Library grounds at the Wodonga campus. Shopping SHOPPING is a breeze in Wodonga, and it is only going to get easier with the opening of a brand new homemakers centre and the re- moval of the railway line from the city’s CBD. The region’s expanding population is already well-serviced by many of Australia’s largest department, grocery, furniture, elec- tronic and hardware chain stores,as well as a number of small boutique outlets full of their own character and charm. There are shopping centres featuring several department and grocery stores, plus specialty stores and food courts. The new Wodonga Homemakers Centre in Anzac Parade, Wodonga will open its doors in December, 2008. The $10 million development has a fl oor area of 12,542 sq m and 12 shop fronts for bulky goods. Director investment attraction Michael Gobel said the Wodonga Homemakers Centre will provide around 120 to 150 jobs for the area. “It will also give our residents another alternative to meet their shopping needs,” he said. Away from the indoor shopping experi- ence, Wodonga is home to two outdoor markets. The Wodonga Market is held on the fi rst Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm at Woodland Grove (near water tower). The market comprises quality art and craft stalls with entertainment and delectable food. The Hume Murray Farmers’ Market is held on every second Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm at Gateway Village on the Lincoln Causeway. The popular market has grown from strength to strength, enabling people to buy direct from the producer and talk direct with the growers. Wodonga also boasts quality restau- rants, coffee shops and taverns that offer wonderful food and entertainment for locals and visitors alike. High St and Stanley St have small eateries and restaurants, including Indian, Chinese, Thai and traditional foods.